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RATINGS: 977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favs.
An extension of Quercus Alba —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
Black with dark red/brown head. Lots of bourbon, chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Same characteristics follow in the flavor along with dark dried fruit and vanilla. Expected some soy or fish sauce notes which seems typical of the style, but they never appeared - this is not a bad thing. Full bodied, rich and very satisfying.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PartyFowle (316) - - APR 8, 2015
The liquid is a deep, impenetrable, inescapable black that pours thick and viscous with a small, sudsy head the color of cinnamon. Some thin spots of lace pepper the glass as the liquid recedes while you drink. Take a whiff and you’ll pick up tons of toasted coconut, some vanilla, charred oak, and maybe even a little tobacco. Your next sniff might reveal espresso, high-cacao-percentage dark chocolate, or the subtle zing of spicy Hallertau hops. A night spent pondering Parabola is a lesson in the merits of restraint. A problem rampant among barrel-aged stouts is that they often let one flavor (whiskey, usually) take the reins and overwhelm the beer. Here, individual flavors are there if you’re willing to look for them, but there’s also a nice synthesis -- like a rainbow, with each flavor fading softly into the other. And what flavors are discernible are mighty fine: first is the darker, bitter stuff like cocoa nibs and espresso powder. Sweeter notes soon emerge, reminding of vanilla beans, toasted coconut, dark plums and cherry syrup. A gentle amount of bitterness (delivered by citrusy/woody Zeus hops) keeps this sweeter stout from becoming cloying. The mouthfeel is blissful, with a velvety smoothness not unlike a milkshake. I want to make a bed and sleep in it. Bubbles massage the tongue lightly and the beer fizzes up only very slightly as it moves. The brewers must also be commended for their skill in covering up the alcohol burn. This is 13 percent alcohol -- nearly liqueur-strength -- and I don’t pick up a hint of it. The drinkability of this boozy stout is downright dangerous. World-class.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (611) - GREECE - APR 6, 2015
750ml bottle at home. Black color with dark beige head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, plums, bourbon, wood, light alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoesefat (321) - Poway, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
Strong bourbon and oak aroma. Pours clear brown with some lacing around the glass. Burnt chocolate and bourbon flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nihtila (1394) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
7.11.2014. 2014 version. Pleasant bourbon aroma with vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, oak, nuts. Taste is also quite complex, oaky vanilla, berries, tobacco.

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mdreader (1) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 22, 2015 does not count
Awesome beer. Deep taste. Great alcohol content. Really good after rate that starts for quite some time. Chocolate, coffee, oak, deep cherry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (347) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
Pours a viscous black colour with no head. Aroma is coconut, cocoa and caramel. Taste is caramel, bourbon, vanilla and slight coconut. Oily mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6893) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Draft - Coconut, chocolate and nice barrel notes. Deep jet brow with a nice brown head. Coconut, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Great.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (502) - HUNGARY - FEB 28, 2015
Régóta várt jövevény, elegáns megjelenésű legenda a Firestone Walker csúcskategóriás imperial stoutja, mely fortyogó fekete testű szörnyetegként mutatkozik be, minden tekintetet magára szegezve, tekintélyt parancsoló módon nyilatkoztatja ki kimondatlanul is egyértelmű felsőbbrendűségét. Minden egyes mozzanatát mélyen az emlékezetünkbe véssük, kezdve kecses aromáival, melyek között hosszú órákra elidőznénk. Mértani pontossággal megtervezett illataiban elmerülve ritkán tapasztalt mértékű eleganciával szembesülünk, ezek azok a benyomások, amelyek szavatolják a további élmények feledhetetlen jellegét. A tölgyes és bourbon-központú jegyek puha étcsokoládé és prémium minőségű ízesített kávé hangulatát hordozzák magukon, minden egyes komponens mesterien visszafogott, ugyanakkor teljes mértékben rabul ejtő szerkezetben karol egymásba. A fás és amolyan finoman földes jegyek csodálatos harmóniában olvadnak egybe a csokoládés és alkoholos, nápolyis-csemegeszerű és tüzes malátás, egyszerre könnyed és markáns aromákkal. A varázslat azonban folytatódik, az első kortyok által nyilvánvalóvá válik, mit is kell, hogy jelentsen egy minőségi főzet esetében a tökéletes test. Olvadékony szerkezete mennyei mannaként tölti be szánknak minden egyes szegletét, olajos és pezsgően csípős keretbe foglalva zúdul ránk a folyékony csokoládé pikáns módon elkészített megannyi változata. Sötét tónusú vanília, tölgyfachips, kókuszos nyalánkságok ömlenek be szabályozott mederbe terelt folyamként, az édesség, fűszeres alkoholosság és tartalommal teli keserűség kibogozhatatlan egysége érzékszerveket gyönyörködtető módon tárul elénk. Egyszerűen lehengerlő az a fajta intenzitás és fajsúlyos karakter, amit mindenféle agresszivitást nélkülözve, az előbbiekben kifejtett módon hordoz magán a sör, ezáltal pedig szerény véleményem szerint mindenféleképpen az egyik legjobb, valaha előállított imperial stout.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1179) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
On tap at the Blue Monkey Tavern. Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head with excellent lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, bourbon, espresso, anise, bakers coco, pipe tobacco, coconut, sweet malts, molasses, and maybe just a little booze. Taste is bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, tobacco, coconut, molasses, anise, espresso, dark and milk coco, woody notes, and a little booze. Has a full body with a super creamy, slightly oily, velvety, semi bitter, warning, slightly hot, long, lingering finish. Overall, a incredibly complex, world class imperial stout, that hides its extreme abv very well.


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